Hornbill festival: The soul of Nagaland

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It was a coincidence that on December 1, 2022, India regained the G20 presidency, and the 23rd Hornbill Festival 2022 also got underway at Nagaland’s Naga Heritage Village Kisama. The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland will take place from December 1 to December 10, 2022.

The festival blooms with the native’s skills and talents. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar attended the festival’s opening ceremony as the chief guest.

Visitors can see the Naga tribes, their cultures, and their unique characteristics during the 10-day celebration.

The Hornbill festival is named after the Indian Hornbill. The famous bird is also mentioned in Nagaland mythology and is a frequent visitor to the region’s forested areas. As a collection of cultural exhibitions of India, the festival first made a debut in 2000. This event aims to maintain and broaden the protection of Naga culture and tradition. The Nagaland Tourism Board’s efforts helped the event become a big success.

The main tale around the festive is about the bird Hornbill. The festival showcases the utter love and protection of the wilderness by the people of Nagaland. 

As the Naga is one of the communities of people who conserve the bird, the name suits the festival just fine. Plenty of folklore and songs are sung in the festival to keep the culture alive. 

The people also fixate on the nature of the bird. 

The participant’s cap is embellished with a hornbill feather to have a more grounded impact on individuals.

The Nagas became highly concerned when the researchers discovered that the hornbill species were endangered. As a result, folk music, dances, traditional games, and battle songs were used to mark the Hornbill Festival beginning in 2000.

Each tribe displays its talent and skills by performing individual performances highlighting its perspective and authenticity. There is a religious parade, folk songs, and many other interpretations which showcase the beauty of the tribe. 

Numerous dancing shows, beauty pregnant, and singing competitions are organized for visitors and people. The agenda is to keep competitiveness alive in a positive way. Plus, there are food stalls in each tribe that holds the essence of the tribe. 

Thus, this festival is filled with a vivid energy that transmits the spirit of the Naga people. One can visit the hornbill festival and find himself soaking the true spirit and the soul of Nagaland. 


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